Staten Island Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Christina Autore
    School: Delaware Valley College

    Christina Autore joined the Staten Island Animal Hospital team in May 2013. She is trained as both a veterinary assistant and a receptionist. Christina graduated from Delaware Valley College with a degree in small animal science and biotechnology and a minor in livestock science. Christina is continuing her education in the nursing program at the College of Staten Island. At home she cares for her Crested Gecko, Godiva and her Boston Terrier, Ace.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Emilio Criscitiello

    Emilio Criscitiello has been a member of the Staten Island Animal Hospital team since January 2010. As an animal lover, Emilio not only takes care of pets at the hospital, but also helps take care of his six family pets, Roxie, Gypsy, Bentley, Jack, Puppy and Elliot.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Stefanie Marasco
    Veterinary Tech School: Penn Foster

    Stefanie has been a member of the Staten Island Animal Hospital team as a veterinary assistant since March 2010. Her furry family includes five pets:  two dogs (Katie & Jeter) and three cats (Joba, Trebble and Lyric). Stefanie also fosters pets and helps to find them homes. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster to receive her veterinary technician license.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Leia Metrick
    School: Rutgers University, BS (Biology)

    Leia Metrick joined the Staten Island Animal Hospital team in November 1997. She is trained as both a veterinary assistant and as a receptionist. Leia graduated with a degree in Biology from Rutger's University. She will soon graduate from nursing school and become a Registered Nurse. When Leia isn't taking care of the pets at the hospital, her cats Kala, Tweek, Toonces, Junior and 12-year-old dog Kira keep her company at home.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Nellie Parrilla

    Nellie Parrilla joined the Staten Island Animal Hospital team as a veterinary assistant in June 2007. Prior to joining our hospital staff, Nellie was an EMT with St. Vincent's hospital for many years. In addition to helping our client's pets, Nellie helps find homes for stray or abandoned animals at the hospital, even taking home strays herself. At home, Nellie and her fellow animal lover son, Bobby, care for the pets which also includes their dogs (Betsy, Peanut and Bambi), four cats (Ginger, Peaches, Baby and Edgewater) and a goldfish named "Tartar Sauce."


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.